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Campaign boycott a risk for Clinton



BOCA RATON - The ballroom was so thick with support, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton couldn't possibly flub her remarks.

Fight global warming? Cheers! Keep Social Security solvent? Clapping! Bring back troops from Iraq? Whoo-hoo!

No campaigning in Florida before the Jan. 29 presidential primary? Clinton didn't mention that touchy subject while speaking recently to a supportive crowd in Palm Beach County. Like other leading Democratic candidates, Clinton signed a no-campaigning pledge. The purpose was to allay the concerns of sensitive and vitally important voters in Iowa and New Hampshire who don't want Florida's early primary day stealing their thunder.

But with so much support evident in Florida - high in the polls, raising lots of money - Clinton would seem to have more at risk with the pledge to pull back in the Sunshine State than the others in the Democratic field. Story here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 1:03pm]


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